Stressing that troops must remain vigilant along the Line of Control (LoC), Army Chief General VK Singh on Thursday said the country cannot afford to lower guard along the borders.
"Troops should remain vigilant and alert (along the LoC in J&K)," general Singh told Army personnel during an interaction with them at forward areas of Pallwanwala and Sunderbani along the LoC in Jammu and Rajouri districts.
"The troops need to maintain a high state of morale to overcome the strenuous routine on the LoC. We cannot afford to lower our guard," he said, reviewing the counter-infiltration measures in place along the LoC with field officers.
The Army chief also took stock of the various welfare measures initiated for soldiers and ex-servicemen.
He had arrived in Nagrota on Wednesday on a two-day visit of forward areas south of Pir Panjal Range.
Flanked by senior Army officers, general Singh visited forward posts along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri sectors on Wednesday.
He returned to Delhi on Thrusday evening.